Koalas

  

Nothing to do with knitting, but M got some good shots of a couple of our resident koalas yesterday morning with his flash new camera (zero retouching!), and I shall have my first go at embedding a video. 🙂 

This grumpy old koala:

  

Was very cranky with this one:
  

I managed to film a little of the grunting for anyone who hasn’t heard it, it’s a strange noise!

And eventually the younger one was evicted from the tree they were sharing.

He wandered around for a while before finding another tree.
   
 

B 🙂

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32 thoughts on “Koalas

  1. Here across the ditch we are very familiar with the awful grunts of your immigrant possums, but I have never heard a koala speak before – the ones I have come across were obviously unusually mute at the time I was around. They look so warm and fuzzy and sound so awful 🙂 I was just involved in a conversation a few days ago about the difference between our bird songs and colours – ours are on the whole fairly drab and sing sweetly, yours are colourful and make a lot of noise. We were wondering if the same comparison applied to the people. We decided that the kiwis womble around in their gummies with their heads down pretending they aren’t there and the Aussies are all tanned and brown in their colourful swimsuits crying ‘Lookit me, lookit me!’as they bat the volleyball across the sand………… 🙂

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    • Hahaha I love it…there may be something to that Pauline! 🙂 Sounds like I’d fit MUCH better in NZ than here! (I am definitely putting it on the holiday list for 2016) 🙂 yes it is certainly loud and colourful at this time of year…When the birdsong got a bit deafening yesterday M said “Geez, it’s like we’re living in a frickin Disney movie!!” 🙂 (then he said ‘where’s my gun’, but I presume that was a joke….)
      Even seeing them all the time, I still look at koalas and think…what the hell ARE you?? They’re cute and fluffy and herbivores but with huge claws and chompy teeth and sound like bronchial old men…they just make no sense!

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  2. I know nothing of cultural differences between the Kiwis and the Aussies. This koala grunts are very like growls and pants of a panther or lynx. They’re so cute; I’m wondering if they get annoying when you’re around them all the time…

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    • Yes I had never noticed it but now you say that, I can hear that too! 🙂 reminds me of Tarzan movies! They are really only annoying at night when they’re in a tree right outside the bedroom window making that noise…during the day they are often curled up fast asleep so no bother, it was unusual for us to see and hear them so active in the daylight. 🙂

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  3. Oh wow, these videos are amazing. Never heard a Koala “chatting” and it is so cool. Reminds me very much of the late evening sounds we would hear around here, close to the Johannesburg Zoo, during the evenings,which the big cats settling in for the evenings. Of course, when out and about at a game lodge, the sounds are much louder, as they seem to carry on the evening air.
    Loved your post, and so happy you and your husband are so good at photos and videos to share with us here in far away countries. 🙂 Thanks!

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      • Indeed, our climate is much the same. Southern hemisphere weather is pretty neat, the only thing I would like, is a bit of snow now and again.
        I adore your photos and where you stay, it looks like the perfect home and outside area. So much wildlife, I actually feel jealous! 🙂

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  4. I have only ever seen a koala in a zoo. I have a bucket list item. I want to visit Queensland and eat my weights worth of tropical fruit. I just added “and see a koala” to that list. 🙂

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